Researchers at UCD

Margaret Folan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Nursing,Midwifery & Health Sys
Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166435


Margaret is a Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife and lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin. Her Clinical and research interests are primarily concerned with Nursing, Midwifery and Women's health. She is passionate about closing the "gap" in Nursing & Midwifery education, research and development, the integration of theory and practice, and student development. Margaret has considerable clinical experience in Nursing & Midwifery having worked in  Medical & Surgical units in Limerick Regional hospital, the Accident & Emergency department in U.C.H.G.  as a clinical researcher in the U.S.A and as a Midwife and Clinical Midwife manager in the Labour & Deliver suite in the Coombe womens hospital. Following completion of her Msc in Health Sciences at the National University of Ireland Galway she undertook her present position within the School in 2005. She has been actively involved in many aspects of Nursing and Midwifery programmes from an undergraduate and postgraduate perspective. She planned the curriculum for the Womens & Mens health (elective) and was Programme coordinator of the BSc in Midwifery programme. She is currently registered for a PHD  in " Irish Couples experiences of reproductive tourism".



Conference Contributions

Folan, M; Labour ward Midwives views on Continuous foetal. [Poster Presentation], 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Dublin .
Folan, M; Irish Universities Quality Board 4th Annual International Conference. [Other], Advancing research in Ireland, Dublin 2006 .


Committee : Member of the Clinical Assessment Sub- Committee
Committee : Member of the BSc stage1 Academic Advisory committee
Committee : Member of the BSc stage 1 Orientation Committee
Committee : Member of the Midwifery Steering Committee
Committee : Member of the Midwifery Curriculum Planning Committee
Committee : Member of the Maternal and Child Health Research Committee
Committee : Member of the College Recruitment Committee
Committee : Member of the Trapp Committee

Other Activities

Coombe Women's Hospital, Dublin 8 - Labour Ward

Staff Midwife/Clinical Midwife Manager April 2003 - November 2005

• Responsible for the care of the mother during labour, and monitoring the
condition of the fetus in utero by the appropriate clinical and technical means.
• Responsible for ensuring a clinical learning environment that is conducive to learning.
• Responsible for Preceptorship of students ensuring student support and supervision.
• Responsible for designing and managing the clinical learning experience.
• Responsible for Clinical learning and assessment.

Nurse on call, 59 Ranelagh Dublin 6
(Antenatal post natal and labour ward within the Coombe Women's Hospital)

Staff Midwife January 2001 - April 2003
(Reporting to Catherine Kennedy/Divisional Nurse Manager on duty)

• Responsible for the care of women in the antenatal intrapartum and postnatal period of pregnancy.
• Responsible for Student teaching and learning.

Children's Memorial hospital, Chicago ill - (Children's Research)

Senior Research Assistant 2000 - 2001
(Reported to Research Manager)
• Compliance with all Research Standards
• Planning and implementation of research
• Staff induction and training
• Liaison with multi-disciplinary teams
• Developed range of databases for data input


• 12 week Befriending training course with The Samaritans
• Voluntary Swimming instructor
• Voluntary Life guard
• Volunteer for the Niall Mellon township Challenge


• Attended training in Blackboard, Grade book and Banner
• Attended Inside - out programme training day



Peer Reviewed Journals

Casey D., Burke E., Houghton C., Mee L., Smith R., Van Der Putten D., Nradley H., & Folan M.; (2011) 'Use of peer assessment as a student engagement strategy in nurse education'. Nursing & health sciences, . Available Online [Details]
Doyle, L Geraghty, S Folan, M (2016) 'Epilepsy in pregnancy: Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics'. British Journal of Midwifery, 24 (12):830-835. [Details]
Nelson, S., Berry, C., Ruch Ross, H., Caron, A., Folan, M., and Mattson, C; (2001) 'The efficacy of Ginger in the treatment of uncomplicated Gastroesophageal reflux in Infants: A randomised double blind placebo- controlled trial'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 33 (3):416-425. [Details]


Folan, M, ; (2007) A jaundiced view. Mothers & Babies. Ireland: Media [Details]


Research Interests

Research ethos and Scholarly Activities

  • Currently registered for a PHD in Irish couples experiences of Reproductive tourism
  • Attend Research forums in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
  • Module Co - ordinator for the Research module in the higher diploma in Midwifery
  • Member of the Maternal & Child Health Research Committee